Jan. 28, 2020

Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal has issued an order giving the Police Commissioner the power to detain individuals under the tough National Security Act (NSA), 1980.


  • The National Security Act, 1980 is described as “an Act to provide for preventive detention in certain cases and for matters connected therewith”.

  • The Act has been widely criticised as being “draconian” because of the powers of preventive detention that it gives to the government.

  • The detention under the NSA can extend up to 12 months — or even for longer if the government is able to produce more evidence against the detainee.